The Sacrament of Reconciliation is received by baptised Catholic children during Year 3.

All children in Year 3 are included in the preparation and celebration of the sacrament. Our inclusive ethos ensures that those children who are not baptised Catholics are able to participate as fully as possible in supporting their classmates during the programme.

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Holy Communion

Children in Year 3 also receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

The preparation takes place during RE lessons and there are also meetings between school, parents and the parish priest. As part of the preparation, there are special commitment Masses, which pupils and parents are expected to attend, alongside regular attendance at weekend Mass.

The children receive Holy Communion in the Summer term. This sacrament is widely celebrated by the entire school and parish community.

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First Holy Communion children before they receive the sacrament.
Now we can receive the Body of Christ every time we attend Mass.


In Year 6, the children are prepared for and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation during the Summer term. The children are prepared, following a school based programme and have weekly lessons. The programme is based on the Curriculum Strategy used in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

As part of their work, children prepare a project on the saint of their choice. They are encouraged to select the name of a saint who has inspired them in some way. A sponsor is also chosen and has the role of supporting the child in their spiritual life.

Children from the three schools in our parish (St Jude's, St Alban's and St Dunstan's) receive the Sacrament of Confirmation together. There are three preparation Masses throughout the year prior to the sacrament and these are led by the children.

The Sacrament itself is conducted in St Dunstan's Catholic Church in Kings Heath.